The oil and gas industry doesn’t slow down in cold weather. Having a piece of equipment freeze in this industry is not only expensive, it’s catastrophic. Therefore, it’s extremely important to keep up with the required maintenance. Unfortunately, the cost of maintaining vehicles and equipment goes up in cold weather.
Vacuum trucks are a critical piece of equipment in the oil and gas industry. They are used to transport fluids on a daily basis and are needed just as much in the colder climates as they are in the warmer climates. When equipment such as tanks and valves freeze, it causes concerns for safety, and at that point it needs to be handled immediately.
Below are three common methods to winterize your vacuum truck:
- Running antifreeze through the entire system
- Recirculation system
- Heated Blanket
Cold weather also creates a problem for vacuum trucks when storing them overnight. If you do not drain all of the water out of your machine before storing it, the pressure can build up within the tank, which can prove dangerous.
I recommend finding a solution that is easy to install with low maintenance costs. The most important thing is to maintain the functionality and productivity of the truck while providing a safe work environment for employees and the public.
Below are five things to look for in a heating solution:
- Low maintenance
- Adding heat instead of chemicals
- A single solution for multiple concerns